I'm teaching summer school this month and have 2nd Graders. All I have for them is what they didn't pass to put them in Summer School. For some they didn't pass a High Frequency Word test (300 words) but most are there for failing grades. I am starting to assess them myself and was surprised for example a student was there for math but did really well on the double-digit problem solving that I thought would be the issue. When I asked why they got failing grades in math they said because they couldn't do multiplication. Now I know for Kinder, about 3-4 years ago they added more stringent report card objectives like being able to read 30 sight words (that was not tested before). We aren't a common core state, but I'm reading a lot of blogs that talk about how sad it is that things like dramatic play and social skills are not in those new standards for Kinder that almost everyone will use. And then there's our new STAAR test this year which has been all over the news here. They made the test much more rigorous-cut the time the kids have to take it in half and then are disappointed in the results the first time it's given. http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/state&id=8695084 We are already hearing how the lower grades are going to have to do more to prepare these kids for this testing. I'm all for high expectations in a classroom, but are we getting a little unreasonable?